For 696 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John DeFore's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Lowest review score: 10 No One Lives
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 696
696 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Rising well above the typical making-of feature, the documentary will fascinate buffs when shown alongside the operas themselves.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    As much as Don't Think Twice focuses on professional envy, though, it remains a love letter to this weirdo art form called improv.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Despite the obvious sadness at its heart, the doc benefits from an unforced optimism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Though certainly not for everyone (and not for kids of any age), the regret-tinged film displays a distinctive voice and will be embraced by devotees of offbeat animation.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Star-stuffed, well paced and very funny.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A time capsule capturing the flavor of early-'70s bohemian life in Oklahoma and Texas.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    In tracing the origins of this restaurant staple, Ian Cheney's The Search for General Tso is as much an immigration history as a culinary one, observing how a people who were demonized as low-wage laborers found entrepreneurial success in small and large towns across the country.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Katz has a clear investment in Healy's character and convincingly depicts his choices as inevitable even when they become anything but.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    An icky but engrossing docu-chiller that may provoke OCD-like ratproofing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A delightful romp whose varied pleasures should please kids all along the age spectrum.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The birds are not only gorgeous but, as they poke for food and rustle around, entertaining.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The director ties themes together at the end with more finesse than usual, letting a couple of meaningful visuals speak for themselves where he might have thrown in a line or two of explanatory dialogue. And as for that final twist, it's a doozy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Berg's film is very tightly focused, examining just one arena of abuse and dutifully addressing only cases in which an accuser is willing to appear on camera.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The good-looking, easygoing doc settles in with its two subjects, offering not just an intimate perspective on the playwright's biography but some touching reflections on the comforts and perils of long-term friendship.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A trapped-in-a-house thriller pitting thieves against an unexpectedly resourceful victim, the lean and mean pic offers scares aplenty and at least a couple of game-changing twists.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Nothing about the plot is novel, but the film easily maintains a low simmer that picks up in the final act, as Miller has to fight to keep his sinking ship staffed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A funny and tender drawn-from-life love story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Aubrey Plaza proves she can carry a film with this multiplex-friendly comedy about time travel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    This picture satisfies fully on entertainment terms without cheapening its real-world concerns.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A thrill-stuffed sports doc whose daredevil subject will quickly endear himself even to viewers who've never heard his name.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Hersonski enriches this evidence by bringing in survivors of the ghetto, who tell stories of life there while watching the film themselves.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A quiet stunner of a drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Inherently unpreachy but making its point more effectively than many participants in the debate can, the film should find vocal advocates in a niche theatrical run.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The ritualized presentation of these disasters... adds up to a kind of unsettling spiritual experience, a communion with the dead that demands the quiet participation of a group
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The picture is one part vintage Woody Allen, a few parts Screwball-era comedy of remarriage, and a vigorous shake of Gerwig herself, without whose particular spirit — "so pure," as an admirer puts it here, and "a little stupid" — this scenario might have trouble getting off the ground.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    It's an invigorating chance to experience from afar an ordeal that, unless your name is Eliot Spitzer, you and I will never have to endure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Straight history is not the whole point here, as Nelson enthusiastically conjures a sense of what it felt like to be a Panther and to be a young black person inspired by them.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A loving biography of a guitarist whose work was "not folk, not blues, not gospel," but drew from and colored those genres and more.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    RED
    Even the more cartoonish performances, like John Malkovich's acid-damaged paranoiac, fit the movie's vision of the vanished, wild-and-woolly heyday of spycraft.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Frederic Jardin's gripping Sleepless Night maintains a consistently high pitch without growing monotonous.

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